Today marks a milestone day as the once divisive Berlin Wall that separated the city into West German and East German territory has been gone for as long as it originally stood tall — 28 years, 2 months and 27 days.
The Berlin Wall changed lives overnight when communist-led East Germany suddenly drew a line across the East/West border on August 13, 1961, making it a deadly endeavor to cross without permission. During its 28 years of division, 140 people were reportedly killed at the wall while trying to escape into the West, with hundreds more believed to have lost their lives in other forms of escape planning.
Berlin, as with the rest of Germany, has undergone significant change in the nearly 3o years since the Wall came down on November 9, 1989, and while the day of collapse is a more significant day of remembrance, marking the 10,316 day parity carries a significance that can only be commemorated once.
For some the days of the Wall’s standing seem like a small blip in the radar and can only really imagine Germany or Berlin as it is today, but with that number in mind on this day, it not only shows how long the Wall stood dividing the city, but also how little time has actually passed since its falling.